Students Return to Mary Baldwin ? August 24-31

August 23, 2005

Members of the press are invited to cover any of the following events. This is a sampling of the week’s activities and is not all-inclusive. Reporters interested in attending these events or getting more information about the back-to-school activities at Mary Baldwin University are invited to contact Communication, Marketing, and Public Affairs.

U.S. News & World ReportRanks Mary Baldwin in Top Tier

In its fourth year of classification as a master’s-level university, Mary Baldwin University continues to be named among the best colleges and universities in the country. The college was listed in the top tier of master’s-level universities in the South for the fourth year in a row, with a ranking of 31 out of 130 schools in the category. Mary Baldwin was also recently recognized as one of the best colleges in the Southeast region byThe Princeton Reviewthis fall.

Contact:President Pamela Fox, 540.887.7026
Contact:Crista Cabe, Assoc VP for Communication and Marketing, 540.887.7380 or 540.292.0919

Community College Students See Value

More than 20 of the approximately 270 new students entering Mary Baldwin University this Fall are students who transferred from community colleges in Virginia, according to Lewis Askegaard, associate dean of the college and registrar at Mary Baldwin. They bring to the college a wide range of experiences and skills, and their admission points to a growing movement in the Commonwealth: enrolling at a private college after obtaining an associate’s degree from a community college. Mary Baldwin signed articulation agreements ‘ which guarantee students full transfer of credits ’ with four Virginia community colleges last year and hopes to gain six more by the end of this academic year. The ultimate goal is to secure agreements with all 23 Virginia community colleges. The agreements are also a way to encourage enrollment in Mary Baldwin’s Baldwin Online and Adult Programs.

Contact: Nancy Krippel, dean of adult and graduate programs, 540.887.7006
Contact:Lewis Askegaard, 540.887.7250
Contact:Lisa Branson, dean of admissions and financial aid, 540.887.7260

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted To Celebrate 20th Year

Founded in 1985, and having a selective enrollment of 75 with students from all over the United States (with 26 entering this year), PEG offers academically talented women, as young as rising ninth-graders, the opportunity to begin their college education one to four years early in residence on campus – the only residential program of its kind in the nation.

Contact:Dr. Elizabeth Connell, director of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, 540.887.7039
Contact:Aremita Watson, mother of three PEG alumnae, 301.924.1585 (after 3 p.m.)

Smyth Leadership Lecture Features Former President of Ireland

On September 28 at 5 p.m. on Page Terrace, former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson will give the ninth annual Smyth Leadership Lecture. Robinson, who is credited as revitalizing the conservative government, first made national headlines in Ireland when she was elected to the Irish Senate (Seanad